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wutheringheightsbygeorgebush: alan turing is a gay autistic man played by a straight actor who compared being autistic to Frankenstein monster who is now up for an academy award in a film that downplayed the sexuality he was persecuted and driven to his death forcould we disrespect the memory of this man even more  Yes, it actually is …

The Imitation Game’s Historical Contortions

Alan Turing was the kind of unsung hero who certainly deserves a great big biopic. Unfortunately, The Imitation Game isn’t it, at least according to this critique of the movie, that points out quite staggering and unnecessary liberties the film’s creator took in telling Turing’s (hi)story, and shows how the result of these contortions is …

Afong Moy

white-history-month: elizajumel: the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women Afong Moy.  Her …

In this world of instant communication, I don’t think it will ever be possible to completely eradicate a lie once it’s loose in the atmosphere Bill Kovach, quoted in a Chicago Tribune article from 1999 (!) debunking the myth that Catharine MacKinnon actually said/wrote “all heterosexual sex is rape,” a anti-feminist claim that predates the …

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. A great quote by Maya Angelou, that in face of the discussion around Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article, the misogynist shooting in Isla Vista, and the electoral success of several rightwing-extremist patries in Europe is a relevant as ever.  Sadly, …

Clive Bundy, White Supremacy, and the Historical Reality of Slavery

It shouldn’t really be a surprise that Cliven Bundy, leader of the absurd Nevada cattle tax stand off against “the Feds,”* also is problematic on other fronts. As Ta-Nehisi Coates quotes from a NY Times piece, Bundy had this to say about poor Black people:  “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now …

Historical Blackness Episode on Voting Rights

On Wednesday, an episode of the great podcast TWIBPrime inspired me to write a short text about an aspect of voting rights of Black women in Oklahoma Territory based  on an essay I read on that day, too. On Wednesday, coincidentally, another must-listen podcast from the TWIB Media family, Historical Blackness with Prof. Blair Kelley, …